Suspicious Partner is a 2017 South Korean television series starring Ji Chang-wook and Nam Ji-hyun, with Choi Tae-joon and Kwon Nara. It aired on SBS from May 10 to July 13, 2017, at 22:00 (KST) on Wednesdays and Thursdays for 40 episodes.
The show enjoyed modest viewership share, but it beat its competitor by topping the important 20-49 year old demographic, as well as streaming, popularity, and brand reputation charts for consecutive weeks.
The series is about Noh Ji-wook (Ji Chang-wook), a prosecutor, and Eun Bong-hee (Nam Ji-hyun), a prosecutor trainee, and how they work together on a mysterious case involving a sly psychopath murderer. They find out how deeply connected they are by their past. A forgetful killer can be a dangerous thing. Noh Ji Wook is a prosecutor who changes jobs to become a private attorney due to circumstances. Eun Bong Hee is a prosecutor trainee under Ji Wook while he was a prosecutor. Attorney Ji Eun Hyuk (Choi Tae Joon) is a longtime family friend of Ji Wook’s who betrayed Wook by cheating with Wook’s ex-girlfriend.
When a murderer strikes, Bong Hee suddenly finds herself as a suspect.
Review by GeniesDream (link)
I’ve had it on my ‘to watch’ list for ages and have now just finished watching it. I ended up skipping through the last few episodes mostly.
I wanna mention that I think the cast and acting was fantastic. I personally don’t think Ji Chang Wook was best for the role but his performance was great nonetheless. The actor who played the villian also really impressed me. I also think the story was unique which I appreciated.
However, the writing was INCREDIBLY weak and confusing. To begin with, the entirety of the legal side of things seemed poorly researched and was really lacking which doesn’t say a whole lot for a law drama show. For example, at the end, ML was very quickly reinstated as prosecutor in charge of the case despite being one of the victims and witnesses! Another example is towards the beginning, when ML is defending the villian, he gets him off by saying “he can’t be convicted of theft and murder because he didn’t steal anything, therefore he’s free” and the prosecutor’s reactions were “what?! What a loophole! We could never have predicted this!” They’re meant to be the very best! Imagine it from their point of view, they attempted to convict this guy of theft with zero evidence and they would have known that he would have been dismissed of all charges by including that, yet they are shocked it happened? It makes no sense. There are many more examples of this, they are ever present throughout the entirety of the drama, also in many other aspects of it. It very much comes off as poor writing. They wanted the story to go from point A to point B but couldn’t do that without subpar and inaccurate plot lines or at the very least couldn’t be bothered to put in the effort to actually make it work.
Another example of their innability to make things flow is the amount of awkward and unnecessary cuts in the middle of scenes. This is hard to explain briefly in writing but if you watch the scenes it’s incredibly noticeable and unnecessary. It isn’t hard, nor does it take long, to smoothly progress two characters from talking, to talking about something else, to a kiss, to falling asleep, and yet they would just cut in between them with awkward pauses. I mean, it is a long drama, they have plenty of time.
To add onto that note, the drama is quite long with many drawn out moments and yet we’re still left with so many unanswered questions. Who was Bong-Hui’s other dad? Did anything come of the message on the picture? Were Lawyer Ji and Prosecutor Cha actually dating at the end? Did they tell ML that they hadn’t cheated on him? The list is endless.
Anyways, although it was relatively enjoyable thanks to the cast and I did also like the twist at the end with the killer’s role in the crime, it was generally not a very good drama. So after all that time of yelling at my TV, I finally finished and came to Reddit, expecting to find someone else who shared my sentiments and yet I was shocked to see so many people singing it praises. I hope someone else out there has recognised its many areas of lacking and if you disagree, I implore you to rewatch it and see if I’m wrong.
I wanna restate, it’s enjoyable most of the time yes, however it is incomparable to other, genuinely good dramas. 4/10 at most.